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Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Applied Mathematics Seminars: Theory of Magnetic Reconnection in Solar and Astrophysical Plasmas

Presented by David Pontin, University of Dundee

24 February 2017 14:00 in CM219

Magnetic reconnection is a fundamental process in a plasma that facilitates the release of energy stored in the magnetic field by permitting a change in the magnetic topology. In this talk, I will start by reviewing the mathematical background, in order to motivate the study of the reconnection process. I will then discuss the current state of understanding of magnetic reconnection, focussing on mathematical modelling in the continuum limit using the framework of magnetohydrodynamics. I will further discuss how analysis of the topological structure of the magnetic field can give clues as to possible locations of explosive energy release in astrophysical plasmas.

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